Program Category: Main Program Day 1


Main Program: Festival Welcome

25 Oct 2018 09:00 /

Join us as the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival begins with a traditional Balinese welcome dance, a warm welcome from our Founder and Director Janet DeNeefe, and a keynote speech. …

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Main Program: Crossing Cultures

25 Oct 2018 10:15 /

Born in Iran and exiled to the UK in 1979, Kamin Mohammadi found a new lease on life in bella Italia. Meanwhile, Carlo Pizzati was making his way as an …

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Main Program: The Rights Stuff

25 Oct 2018 10:15 /

Advocates in an age of compassion fatigue, Christine Bader, Gillian Triggs, Saras Dewi and Todung Mulya Lubis have placed human rights at the heart of their work. Active at the …

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Main Program: Susi Pudjiastuti: Sink It

25 Oct 2018 10:15 /

“Sink it” became a national catchphrase after Indonesia’s maverick Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries fulfilled her threat to sink any foreign boats found illegally fishing in Indonesian waters. In …

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Main Program: Kim Scott: Taboo

25 Oct 2018 11:45 /

Stunning. Formidable. Truth-telling. Two-time Miles Franklin winner Kim Scott is at the forefront of storytelling in Australia, tackling difficult questions of its colonial past in a way that expands the …

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Main Program: Janet Steele: Mediating Islam

25 Oct 2018 11:45 /

Janet Steele has been moving between the media landscapes of the west and Southeast Asia for decades. In a richly-layered survey of Indonesian and Malaysian media, she invites us to …

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Main Program: Higher Self

25 Oct 2018 11:45 /

“Writing poetry is like having a conversation with our higher self,” says American poet Jericho Brown. They hail from different generations but the lives of these four writers are shaped …

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Main Program: What Indonesia Taught Me

25 Oct 2018 13:00 /

Making one’s way in a new country can be a rollercoaster ride from despair to delight – daily. Does the reality ever match our imaginings? These writers found a new …

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Main Program: The Big Read: Poetry Edition

25 Oct 2018 13:00 /

It’s one of life’s pleasures: having someone read to you. We’ve assembled a lineup of our most masterful poets in a little corner of the Festival devoted to the loveliness …

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Main Program: Mark Lynas: Seeds of Science

25 Oct 2018 13:00 /

In Seeds of Science, eco-activist Mark Lynas lifts the lid on the controversial story and misunderstood science of GMOs. In the mid-‘90s, as the global media frothed with the risks …

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Main Program: Jane Caro: Plain Speaking

25 Oct 2018 14:30 /

“At some point, I gave up trying to play it safe. I stopped trying to control the uncontrollable.” Novelist, commentator and Walkley Award winner Jane Caro brings a breath of …

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Main Program: Barbara Demick: Nothing to Envy

25 Oct 2018 14:30 /

North Korean children are taught to sing “We have nothing to envy in the world”. Barbara Demick’s poignant and revealing interviews with defectors from Chongjin reveal a reality far more …

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Main Program: Small Towns, Big Imagination

25 Oct 2018 14:30 /

Is there something universal about small towns and rural life? A lack of anonymity, a close community? Does it allow writers to go places that cities don’t? We’ve gathered writers …

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Main Program: The Pursuit of Peace

25 Oct 2018 15:45 /

In an age increasingly defined by difference and hate, these panelists are working to analyze the deep divisions in society and empower others in efforts to promote peace. Take a …

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Main Program: A Cry for Help

25 Oct 2018 15:45 /

As deforestation goes unchecked, corporate plantations encroach on local lives, and mining disrupts the social and ecological equilibrium, Indigenous communities and their natural resources are deeply impacted. We hear from …

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Main Program: Family Footsteps

25 Oct 2018 15:45 /

Picasso’s father was an artist. Gandhi’s a politician. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, they say. Two award-winning filmmakers and two accomplished authors discuss the dynamic of children …

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